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California Culinary Academy Reviews

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "For some time it was a good environment !"

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    Former Employee - Culinary Chef Instructor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Culinary Chef Instructor in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at California Culinary Academy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good faculty would be the top reason. Location: It is in a food city.

    Cons

    Corporate management does not have a progressive vision. It is just hardcore bottomline which hampers good education.

    Advice to Management

    Business bottomline needs to balance the quality of education.


  2. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at California Culinary Academy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Employees get endless amounts of free food--fancy lunches, amazing desserts, mid-morning snacks. The building (at the time--early 2000's) was a lovely historic structure.

    Cons

    Horrific management, especially within the sales organization. Unethical practices galore, which executives chose to ignore in order to drive top-line profitability.

    Advice to Management

    Behave ethically, rather than focusing on taking people's money, while offering very empty promises and little in return.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible place to work, don't get involved with this unethical business trap."

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    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at California Culinary Academy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You have a lot of free time to browse the internet. Sometimes you will get some free food from students as long as you make sure Peter Lee does not see you or else he will get you in trouble.

    Cons

    They want you to dial over 200 dials per day, the job description says 100 but that is flat out disregarded.

    They are run by an unethical and greedy corporation that just tries to coerce people into taking out huge loans for a school they do not even need to go to and promises them they can fufull their dreams which is flat out false.

    You are given leads, which you then have to call every single day until you talk to them or are given lists of old leads which date as far back as two to three years old and are called several times per day.

    The director of admissions is down right rude and does not approve anyones vacation time ever. It is very difficult to get time off.

    The job is extremely boring and redundant, not worth the money, and if you are going for a sales role this is not the one you want.

    All of management treats you like garbage, everyone in the school looks down on you, the company as a hole is failing miserably and it is all your fault.

    Also, absolutley no upward mobility, It is almost impossible to get promoted or even a raise.

    STAY AWAY FROM ACCEPTING A JOB OFFER FROM THIS COMPANY I CAN GUARENTEE YOU WILL REGRET IT.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic goals, more reps does not equal more enrollments. Also, fire Peter Lee, he is an absolute cancer to the organization and does not accomplish anything except lowering morale of the staff as well as showing no gratitude towards his employees. The receptionist put in his 2 weeks after 6 years of service to CCA and was asked to leave on the spot, with no recognition for the service he had put in.


  4. "The people at CCA are great, but upper management needs to go."

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in San Francisco, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great group of people working at CCA. It's easy to get to know a lot of people and learn more about food if you aren't teaching a food class. Student body is diverse, and it's a great place to get some solid teaching experience.

    Cons

    Corporate is running the place into the ground. A school with a once-respected reputation now gets a bad name among people looking to hire CCA grads. No recognition by corporate of adjunct faculty - no benefits unless you buy them yourself, and no PTO despite working 10 hour days. No degree program anymore.

    Advice to Management

    When cutting costs, corporations usually cut from the top down. In this case, corporate cut positions from the bottom-up. Why chop down the foundation? There is a demand for college degrees, but the degree program was cut in favor of an accelerated certificate program. If the price of the degree program had been lowered, you could have remained competitive while still making a profit.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Control and micro management"

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    Former Employee - Admission Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Admission Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Get to help students. Students are sweet and full of ambitions. But little did they know, the school only interested in their money and financial aid.

    Cons

    Micro managerment. When I say that I meant employees have to clock in and out on the dot. You have two 15 minutes breaks. You have to log out at your manager desk on your way out.
    No career opportunities.
    If you don't hit goals, you are expected to be in your cubicle all day, everyday.
    No support from upper management.
    Lies and false promises.
    Greedy corporation. Own by CEC.
    Mediocracy. Same tasks everyday while upper managements monitoring your every moves.

    Advice to Management

    Stood up to the company, continue to lead and believe in changes. Sadly, they are all too jaded and too worry about losing their job, so they stay miserable. Imagine how an unhappy manager could impact your day!!!!


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Highly Unethical"

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    Current Employee - Career Center in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Career Center in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was adequate. Enjoyed working with students though the caseload was too high to actually help students with job search.

    Cons

    California Culinary Academy is owned by an unethical, multi-national, for-profit corporation. They con low-income individuals into high-interest loans promising a "great career" in the restaurant industry. Unfortunately the education is sub-par, the reputation of the institution tainted making it difficult for individuals to actual achieve employment.

    Advice to Management

    No advice. The entire system is corrupt. Education should not be administered by for-profit institutions traded on the stock-market.


  7. "I enjoyed working at the culinary academy because it was a very comfortable work environment . The people are great."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    at this job all the staff was great Not to mention all the wonderful dishes you get to taste prepared by the students and the on site restaurant. Happy to go to work in the morning.

    Cons

    Small departments because of low budget. Result, a lot more work per person and way more responsibilities than job description.

    Advice to Management

    Not a lot of advice. Keep doing the best you can with the budget and options you have. Good Luck.